What God requires of you part 1

Many Christians wonder what God wants them to do with their lives. While God does not give us all a definite road map for us to follow in the Bible, He does give us a number of general principles that He has given to His people in a few places.

In this series of posts I will share a few passages. The first one is Deuteronomy 10.12-13. It says…

12  And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13  and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?

In these verses we see five things that God required from the people of Israel that we can draw from today.

1. Fear God – this means to have a deep respect and reverence for Him. A holy fear.

2. Live in a way that pleases Him

3. Love Him

4. Serve Him with all of your heart and soul

5. Always obey His commands and decrees

As we can see from the above five points, there are some general points God wants us all to put in to practice. They are a good place to start if we want to please God.

Stay tuned for part 2!

God Bless,

Dave

The four purposes of church

I was doing some reading about church for one of my assignments this week. In the book “Introducing Christian Doctrine” it talked about the four main purposes or activities of the church.

I found it interesting so I thought I would share it today seeing Sunday is a day when many people go to church.

Purpose 1 Evangelism – Jesus last words to His followers was “Go and make disciples…” (Matthew 28.18-20). Therefore, if the church is to be faithful to Jesus’ last words and bring joy to His heart, it must be a church that reaches out to others.

Purpose 2 Edification – The second major purpose of the church should be edification. In Ephesians 4.11-12 the Apostle Paul talked about God giving gifts to the church to equip and build up the body of Christ. That is, he wants us to build up and encourage each other.

Purpose 3 Worship – Another activity of the church is worship. Where edification focuses of building each other up, worship focuses on the Lord. We see in the Book of Acts that early church met together on the first day of each week to worship the Lord.

Purpose 4 Social Concern – The final purpose of the church to show concern for those around them. The faithful church must take action where it sees need, hurts and it must work to right wrongs. Jesus often told parables about about helping others in need and how He expected us to do the same (Matthew 25.35-40, Luke 10.25-37).

The book summarised that these points and said for the church to be spiritually healthy it must carefully balance these four major functions.

It said in short the church members must meet together to build each other up and worship the Lord, and then move out into the world to reach people for Christ and help those in need.

God Bless,

Dave

Living for Jesus

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

As I read these verses I think about the change that overtook Paul after his conversion. He was no longer driven by selfish ambition, he was a changed man.

Paul was convinced that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sin. This is the message he took everywhere. As a result of knowing this, he couldn’t live his life for himself anymore.

Paul lived for Jesus Christ because he believed that he has died with Christ (Romans 6:6, 11). He believed that dying with Christ meant that he should live for Jesus (Galatians 2:20).

His heart was changed. He had a new focus. It was all about living for Jesus and pouring himself out for others (2 Timothy 4:5-7).

How about you? Has your life changed since you came to Christ? Have you got a new reason to live? Are you living for Jesus today?

God Bless,

Dave

Free Christian Courses online

Here is a video for ChristianCourses.com. It introduces them and talks a little bit about the courses they offer. If you are interested in learning about the Bible, this is a great place to start.

I have done a number of courses at ChristianCourses.com including Old Testament Introduction and New Testament Introduction, and a number of the Apologetics courses.

I have found them very helpful and practical. I especially like that you can work through them at your own pace and they are free!

God Bless,
Dave

Search me, O God

Psalms 139:23-24 says “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

David knew what it was to talk and pray to God. He prayed and praised God when things were going well. He prayed and cried out to God when his enemies were all around him.

In the above verses we see that David also wanted God to search his heart and his thoughts. He wanted to be right with God and asked if there was anything that he needed to sort out.

Most of us, if we are honest have things hidden away in our hearts and in our thoughts that are not quite right. Things that we wouldn’t want anyone else to know or hear out loud. I know I have at times.

I think the key is to be like David in these times. We need to ask God to search our hearts and our thoughts. Ask Him to reveal any offensive ways. When He does we then need to confess them and ask for help to overcome.

When we do this we walk in the way of the everlasting. The way God intends us to walk…closely with Him each and everyday.

God Bless,

Dave

A useful equation

Here is a thought I have been refelcting on today. It is short and sweet…

Knowing Jesus + Knowing the Bible = Knowing Peace

For me it is like a continuous circle. The more I know Jesus, the more I want to know the Bible. And the more I know the Bible, the more I come to know Jesus.

And the more I know both, the more peace of God I know in my life.

It’s pretty cool I think!

God Bless,

Dave

Rules with Help

I read this today from the Life Application Study Bible Devotion. It is short and I thought I would share it…Enjoy!

Psalm 119:27 – “Help me understand the meaning of your commandments, and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds”.

Our lives are cluttered with rule books, but the authors never come with us to help us follow the rules. But God does. That is the uniqueness of our Bible. God not only provides the rules and guidelines, but comes with us personally each day to strengthen us so that we can live according to those rules. All we must do is invite him and respond to his direction.

I really love the thought that God didn’t just give us the rules and leave us to it. He gave us some rules or boundaries and said I am with you to help.

It is not easy to live the Christian life at times…it is good to know we don’t have to do it alone.

You can find the Life Application Study Bible Devotion here.

God Bless,

Dave

The hope of eternal life

Some days I read the Bible and it speaks so clearly for itself. It doesn’t need a Bible Commentary to explain it or it doesn’t need a blogger (like myself) to comment. It just needs to be copied and pasted!

The Hope of Eternal Life (1 Peter 1:3-5 NLT)

3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.